Global Workforce Initiative (GWI)
The Global Workforce Initiative addresses the triple bottom line of Economy, Equity, and Environment. Meeting this demand is critical to the energy efficiency of the built environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing economic productivity of these buildings, and providing education and employment opportunities in the profession of facility management.
GWI programs are offered through the IFMA Foundation’s
- FM Accredited Degree Programs (ADP)
- FM Registered Degree Programs (RDP)
- FM Talent Development Pipeline (TDP)
Students enrolled in GWI programs have the opportunity to participate in scholarship programs, internships, job shadowing and our signature student competition called IgniteFM! The Student Challenge.
students and incumbent workers through our accredited and registered degree programs in higher education institutions. Our talent development pipeline programs engage students and incumbent workers to prepare for the facility management profession which impacts the triple bottom line.
in the future by providing new career opportunities through scholarships, internship programs, career fairs, job listings, job shadowing and our Ignite FM! student competitions.
with communities to inform students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, community organizations, economic development and government agencies about an exciting and prosperous career opportunity.
Quotes from GWI Partners
Irene Thomas Johnson, JLL, Executive Director
“The Global Workforce Initiative is a critical effort to ensure the continued sustainability of the facility management (FM) profession. There is a serious labor shortage on the horizon within the facility management industry and without decisive action this shortage will have serious ramifications on the future of the built environment. JLL is proud to collaborate with the IFMA Foundation on this critical initiative with the collective goal to attract diverse talent to careers in FM and support their long-term growth through training and education opportunities.”
Tony Piucci, Sr. Vice President ABM Business and Industry Facility Services Solutions
“As an industry veteran, it’s always exciting to help young people and career-changers break into our profession, and I enjoy the IFMA Foundation’s Ignite FM! Student Competitions. What really struck me about this competition was how the winning team — and all of the teams – were able to collaborate, come up with a solution, and present it in such a clear and thoughtful way. The energy, diversity and creativity of this new generation is bringing to our industry is remarkable. “
Luis Morejon, Newmark Global Facilities Management Leader
“Attracting and retaining talent is critical to the future of FM. Newmark Global Corporate Services recognizes the labor shortage and the importance of educating, investing, and connecting with communities to promote the diverse and fulfilling facility management industry. As a leader in commercial real estate, we are passionate about working with the Global Workforce Initiative and the IFMA Foundation to reignite FM worldwide.”
Dennis (Denny) Mulgrew, Sodexo Senior Director
We believe it is vital to lead in the solution development by leveraging our expertise in FM and our expertise as a leader in diversity and inclusion to build a stronger and more diverse pool of FM talent for the future. The IFMA Foundation Global Workplace Initiative Advisory Council gives us that opportunity to participate internationally, nationally and locally to collaboratively work with industry and academic leaders to create and implement solutions.”
GWI Advisory Partners
The IFMA Foundation encourages FM as a Career of Choice. Through the Global Workforce Initiative (GWI), the Foundation and our volunteers are encouraging students to consider a career path in Facility Management.
FM is facing a severe lack of trained professionals entering the workforce. In the next five to 15 years, more than 50 percent of the existing FM workforce will retire. The IFMA Foundation has accredited degrees in FM around the world with more than 4,000 FM students enrolled in these 30 degree programs. However, the annual demand for new FM’s entering the profession is far greater than this number – with some companies individually looking to hire more than a quarter of this number of students annually. Graduates of these accredited programs enjoy a nearly 100 percent placement rate, typically with multiple job offers and opportunities.
To help fill this growing workforce gap, the Foundation’s Global Workforce Initiative connects education, training, support services and credentials for FM while engaging national, regional and local employers to help meet their needs while strengthening their workforces and local economies. FM educational programs address high school, community college and higher education institutions.
Our current pilot implementations in Northern and Southern California, New York City, Dallas/Fort Worth and other areas have already reached more than 1500 students in dozens of high schools. The number of regions and chapters involved continues to grow.
Become a Global Workforce Advisor
If you are interested in learning more about our Global Workforce Initiative (GWI) or in becoming a Global Workforce Initiative Advisor, please contact Diane Levine at +1 281-974-5620 or email@example.com